Dinner Spanakopitas — Meatless Monday

This Meatless Monday, take a page out of Ina Garten's recipe book and serve her delectable Dinner Spanakopitas.
By: Caitlyn Callegari

Ina Garten's Dinner Spanakopitas for Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network's Barefoot Contessa

Photo by: Alice Gao ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

If you've feel that you've exhausted your Monday meal repertoire, perhaps it's time to branch out and try something new — maybe even by tapping into the cuisine of a different culture. So, for this week, serve up Ina Garten's crispy and savory Dinner Spanakopitas. Don't be intimidated by its name: It’s really just a center of spinach, scallions, onion and cheese, surrounded by flaky phyllo dough. And even if you're not familiar with the word, you know that Ina's cooking never fails to impress.

To get started, heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion and cook over medium-low heat. Then, put in the scallions and cook them until they’re wilted but still green. Drain most of the water from the spinach and add the cooked onion and scallions to it. Mix in the eggs, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, salt and pepper, feta and pine nuts.

Lay out a sheet of phyllo dough, brush it lightly with butter and sprinkle it with breadcrumbs. Add another sheet of phyllo dough on top of the first, and repeat the same actions. Do this with 4 more layers. Then, cut the phyllo dough in half lengthwise. Put the spinach filling on and roll the phyllo up diagonally. After, fold the triangle of phyllo over straight and then diagonally again. Do this until you reach the end of the sheet, and make sure the filling is completely inside of the dough. Place on a cooking sheet, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with flaked salt and bake until the phyllo is browned and crisp. Serve hot.

Get the recipe: Dinner Spanakopitas

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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